Because of Don Jose Dario Arguello’s fine job in keeping peace between the soldiers, Indians and colonists at the Presidio and Mission in San Francisco, plus his loyalty to the Crown of Spain, King Carlos III in 1795 granted to him 35×240 acres of land wherever he chose in all of Alta (Upper) California. He chose the lands of San Mateo County and San Carlos became his rancho headquarters. 

Don Jose Dario Arguello became Commandante of the San Francisco Presidio (1787-1791) and (1796-1806) and the 9th Gobernador of Alta California (under Spanish rule) in 1814. He named his rancho in San Carlos “Rancho los Cochanitos”. He was born in 1755 and died in 1828. 

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